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ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

Infection Prevention as a Functional Family System

Categories: Infection Prevention

Author(s): Patti DiGangi

Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

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Educational Objectives

After completing this course, the reader should be able to:
1. Review general systems theory and functional family theory
2. Recognize dental practice biofilm risk
3. Identify an infection protection process that fits the needs of a dental practice.
4. Discuss building a culture of safety in a dental practice
5. Utilize a functional coordinated systematic approach to infection protection and treatment room turn over


Family systems theory is a concept of looking at the family as a cohesive emotional unit. A family functions as a system wherein each member plays a specific role and must follow certain rules. Many dental practices function similarly, with both functional and dysfunctional systems. A change in one person sparks a change in others. Functional infection protection systems are required as a shared family responsibility with each individual trained and ready when needed.

COMMERCIAL SUPPORT This educational activity is made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Air Techniques.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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